Canelo Alvarez medically cleared to return in December
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: September 25, 2018
After an explosive middleweight clash with Gennady Golovkin earlier this month it was thought that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would not be entering the squared circle more than once in the calendar year of 2018. At this point of his career with over 50 professional bouts under his belt at just 28 years of age, Alvarez fights at the most twice a year. Due to a suspension earlier this year for testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, Alvarez missed his opportunity to fight this past May.
Alvarez’s promoter Golden Boy Promotions has reserved two locations for the young Mexican superstar should he choose to return to the ring this upcoming December 15th. The middleweight champion has been medically cleared by his Doctor’s to return to the ring this year despite suffering a nasty cut above his left eye in his rematch with Golovkin. The two locations reserved by his promoter are at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden in New York.
The reservation of Madison Square Garden is interesting, as Alvarez will be opening his brand up to an entirely new market. Except for one trip down to Miami in December of 2008, Alvarez has never fought outside of Nevada, Texas, and California in the United States. Boxing Hall-of-Famer and current CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, twice fought at Madison Square Garden in 1995 and 2000. De La Hoya was successful scoring two stoppage victories over the likes of Jesse James Leija and Derrell Coley.
Alvarez could be looking at much tougher competition should he return this December. Most fans and pundits believe that Alvarez will likely face Canada’s, David Lemieux. Lemieux is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and scored an impressive first-round knockout on the undercard of Alvarez’s rematch with Golovkin over Gary O'Sullivan. The Canadian is a former IBF middleweight champion and arguably the biggest puncher in the division. Some fans would like to see Alvarez face the winner of the upcoming Billy Joe Saunders-Demetrius Andrade bout for the WBO middleweight title. That fight will be taking place on October 20th and is unlikely that either fighter would be ready for a December clash with Alvarez.
Houston, Texas native Jermall Charlo would be a worthy adversary for Alvarez as he holds the interim WBC middleweight title and is undefeated at 28 years of age. With Alvarez’s contract with HBO ending after his rematch with Golovkin, it opens up the Mexican superstar to move along the political and promotional barriers in the sport.
Whatever one has to say about Alvarez whether positive or negative he is the biggest star in the sport with only heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as his peer. It will be a positive for the sport to see Alvarez step in the ring one more time in 2018 no matter whom he decides to face.
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